Known for its ancient rainforest, rare flora and fauna, well-maintained national parks and glorious beaches, Malaysia is located in the South China Sea and consists of two landmasses - the Malay Peninsula and part of the island of Borneo.

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Discover Malaysia

Discover Malaysia

Combining old-world charm with the best of modern technology, the country offers a heady blend of East and West to the international students who come to study at the top-ranking colleges and universities of the country. In 2017, Malaysia registered close to one hundred thousand international students.

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$5,500 - $6,500 per year

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$4,000 - $5,000

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Top Universities

  • University of Malaya
  • Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia


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Why Study in the Malaysia

With the cost of education and living comparatively lower than in other countries offering the same standard of education, international students are attracted to Malaysia due to the great standard of living they can achieve, as well as its breathtaking scenery.

  • The tuition fees are very affordable

  • High quality education

  • 11th most popular education destination

Student Life in Malaysia

Student Life

Most universities and colleges are in these cities, which gives students excellent access to vibrant cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Influenced by Indian, Chinese, Malay, Tamil, Thai, American and Indonesian cultures and lifestyles, Malaysia is incredibly multi-cultural and offers a variety of food and entertainment on its bustling streets and bazaars.

An excellent location to study whether you want to blend in with other students from your own background, or make friends with those with different cultures, languages and religions, the country’s welcoming and hospitable culture will ensure you feel at home.

Public transport is diverse and easy-to-use, making getting around easy no matter where you’re living and studying, and you can get into the heart of Malaysian culture by travelling safely round the cities and countryside.

Tuition Fees

Cost of Living

Student’s will typically require around £10,000 - £12,000 per year to pay for accommodation and living costs, with students in London paying significantly more than this.

Average Monthly Costs

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    $75 – 150


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    Travel & Others

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    $150 - 250

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Work and study in Malaysia

You can work part time in Malaysia while doing your under-graduate or master’s programme but conditions apply.

You will be unable to work during term time. This means that you will only be able to work when you are on your university or college holidays. The holiday must be for a period of 7 days or more.

If you are studying at degree level, you will be able to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term-time. During the holidays you can work full-time.

With the UK working to attract more international students each year, measures are currently being put in place to enable local businesses to provide more employment opportunities to students studying in the UK.

Work and Study in Malaysia

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate programmes

School leaving certificate or equivalent, STPM, GCE A-levels etc

Master’s programmes

A suitable bachelor’s degree

PhD programmes

A master’s degree.

Language Requirements

The medium of instruction in colleges and universities in Malaysia is English. Therefore, they would want to know if you have the required English language skills to understand the lectures, participate in the class and write well in English at the examinations.

          Malaysia Scholarships


          One great way to help pay for your study and living expenses is to obtain a scholarship.


          You will need a student visa to study in college or university in Malaysia. Known as the Student Pass, the costs vary depending on which course you will be studying in Malaysia. Medical insurance is a required part of your application, and you should make sure you check with your Embassy as to what documents and criteria you will need to meet.

          Malaysia student visa requirements

          • A copy of your passport, including pages that carry previous entries
          • Your passport must be valid for at least 12 months
          • Offer letter from your chosen university
          • Academic certificates
          • Medical report
          • Personal bond

          Scholarships or Bursaries

          If you want to talk to someone about what the best scholarships or bursaries may be for you, chat to one of our educational experts now.

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